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"Buy Nothing Year" 2 Roommates Saved $55,000 and free time on leisure rather than chaining self to cliche: work hard, burn money
Forbes: The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000
A little over a year ago, Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz, a 31-year-old accountant in Calgary, began analyzing his monthly spending. What he saw, he says, was eye-opening: “I was spending so much every month, no matter how much I made it never seemed like I was getting ahead. It was typical lifestyle creep.”
Around the same time, his good friend Julie Phillips, 29, a communications advisor at the University of Calgary, was about to move into a new apartment when it fell through. “Geoff said, ‘You can move in with me, but I only have a bedroom for you to rent,’” she says. “The rest was packed with his stuff. So I got rid of over 80% of my stuff within three days.” (She was thinking she might move in a year and if so, she’d have to get rid of many of her belongings then.) But then she had a meltdown. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. What did I do?’ And then I was like, ‘Why do I need things anyway?’” read more »
No joke. Singapore, places in AU and US: water short, drink sewage while fresh water runs away as ice sheets melt
Around 90% of the fresh water on the Earth's surface is held in the ice sheet. The only current ice sheets are in Antarctica and Greenland (ice sheets are bigger than ice shelves or alpine glaciers). Greenland ice melting 3 times faster, loss of vast ice sheet. ice (fresh water!) runs away by hundreds of billions of tons a year.
Scotland: Big Roman Week; Knights of Thistle; Doors Open Days; longest golf club; 4th Road Bridge 50th anniv; Sept2014 vote
*update 20 Sept 2014* National Geographic: BBC: Scotland's staying put
*update 14 Sept 2014* National Geographic: Scotland’s Independence Vote, Exploring the Country Behind the Clichés
If you ever wondered what the longest usable golf club looks like, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it in action! Karsten Maas from Denmark has made a super-sized 4.37-m-long (14-ft 5-in) club and has used it to achieve a drives of over 165 metres.
Yao Ming stands tall for Elephants: "Say No To Ivory"; trio - Prince William, David Beckham & Yao Ming - for Rhinos
Prince William, David Beckham and Yao Ming for WildAid
The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and Yao Ming are speaking out to protect rhinos for future generations in this WildAid message. The trio met in London in September 2013 to film two messages that began airing globally, with targeted outreach in China and Vietnam, beginning in January 2014 as part of WildAid's demand reduction campaign and the Royal Foundation's United for Wildlife Collaboration.
“'The End of the Wild' aired last week in China, and it airs on Animal Planet this Autumn. Yao Ming is an incredible ambassador for +WildAid & also now for United for Wildlife!”
Yao Ming: "Say No To Ivory"
To better understand what’s happening to these species as a result of Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn, Yao Ming traveled to Africa for the first time to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most majestic species - the elephant and the rhino. read more »
Jimmy Fallon: "genius comedian and actor Robin Williams...He's one of a kind. He's one in a million. He's unbelievable"
August 13, 2014 Jimmy Fallon Pays Tribute to Robin Williams to honor the late comedian, choking back tears, before doing his best impersonation of the legend -
*update* 20 August 2014 2014 Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. At 2013 Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters.
Unbreakable bond. Christopher Reeve: the greatest gift from Robin Williams is laughter
Robin Williams - Inside The Actors Studio - FULL Video
young Robin Williams (credit: childhood-images1)
Photos: Emma Thompson in Arctic; tortoise oldest animal, a well respected resident; dolphins at world's top surfing competitions
Emma Thompson and daughter join Greenpeace ship on voyage to protect the Arctic. (Credit: Emma Thompson Fans / savethearctic.org / GreenPeace)
Meet Jonathan the Tortoise, the Oldest Animal in the World (182) (Credit: negreenplanet.org / seychellesnewsagency.com / puravidasail.com)
Octopus sets record for motherly care: deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over four years - longer than any known animal (Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
Surf's up! Playful dolphins put pros to shame as they ride the waves during prestigious surfing competition in South Africa (Credit: Stan Blumberg / Barcroft Media, Mail Online)
Super-moon ("perigee moon"), first of three expected in summer 2014, rising this moment, visible in the sky overnight
Super Moon rises over the hills tonight near Los Angeles. (Credit: Craig DeMartini)
The supermoon captured over Mount Rainier. (Credit: Tommy McPharlin)
A bright light will soon be visible in the sky as "Supermoon" begins rising. (Credit: TKTLA)
The first spectacular "supermoon" of the summer peaks this Saturday. (Credit: Huffington Post)
A supermoon rises behind the scaffolding-wrapped Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (Credit: NASA)
Spectacular ‘Supermoon’ Visible in the Sky Overnight
The moon will seem a little bit bigger and brighter Saturday morning when a “supermoon” — the first of an expected three this summer — will be visible, according to NASA. The occurrence, also called a “perigee moon,” takes place when the moon becomes full at the point of orbit when it’s closet to earth, making the moon “seem extra big and bright,” NASA reported on its website. read more »